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airows:

(via The 27 Greatest Soccer/Football Photos Of All Time)
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Bashi-Bazouk by Jean-Leon Gerome
1868-1869

This arresting picture was made after Gérôme returned to Paris from a twelve-week journey to the Near East in early 1868. He was at the height of his career when he dressed a model in his studio with textiles he had acquired during the expedition. The artist’s Turkish title for this picture—which translates as “headless”—evokes the unpaid irregular soldiers who fought ferociously for plunder under Ottoman leadership, although it is difficult to imagine this man charging into battle wearing such an exquisite silk tunic. Gérôme’s virtuosic treatment of textures provides a sumptuous counterpoint to the figure’s dignified bearing. (MET)

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amorbidwitch:

Santa Maria del Soccorso (Detail), fresco by Domenico di Zanobi, Florence; 1475-1485.
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speciesbarocus:

Juan de Valdés Leal - Finis gloriae mundi. Detail.
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Jeneil Williams photographed by Txema Yeste for Numéro #150 February 2014.
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northmagneticpole:

Les encastrés, 2005-Agnès Geoffray
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chimneyfish:


Herodias with the head of Saint John the Baptist,1635
Francesco Del Cairo
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